Iowa board begins set of hearings on proposed oil pipeline

The Associated Press

A regulatory board has begun a set of hearings over the proposed construction of an oil pipeline across Iowa.

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — A regulatory board has begun a set of hearings over the proposed construction of an oil pipeline across Iowa.

The three-member Iowa Utilities Board met Monday at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Boone for the start of so-called evidentiary hearings over several days. They will include comments from representatives for Dakota Access LLC, the company that wants to build the oil pipeline.

Parties opposed to the oil pipeline are also scheduled to speak, including affected landowners.

People who both oppose and support the project spoke earlier this month at a one-day public hearing on the pipeline, which would run through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

The board is expected to issue a decision in December or early next year.

Dakota Access is a unit of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

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